TOP THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR MAY 22
Week Three; Lets Move Ahead. As the federal transportation conference committee negotiations enter their third week, the BlueGreen Alliance joined with others in Michigan yesterday to call on Congress to finally pass a long-term transportation solution that will put Michiganders and Americans back to work. Show your support by sending a letter to Congress telling them to support the Senate’s transportation bill. More coverage of the event here, here, and here.
Stopping Navy Green efforts? In its report on the next year’s Pentagon budget, the House Armed Services Committee included language prohibiting the defense department to make or buy alternative fuel that cost more than a “traditional fossil fuel."
25x25 in Michigan. Efforts are progressing in Michigan to get a question on November’s ballot that would increase the state’s renewable energy standard to 25 percent by 2025.
National and International Blue-Green
According to Reuters, “Reluctance to raise ambitions to cut greenhouse gas emissions due to economic constraints is threatening progress towards limiting global warming, delegates at United Nations' climate talks in Germany warned on Monday.”
Scientific American reports, despite global efforts, more than one billion people worldwide don’t have access to clean water.
BBC News looks at the United Kingdom’s draft energy legislation.
Israel’s Arava Power announced it would build eight medium-sized solar energy fields, Reuters reports.
Scientists continue to consider how the release of methane currently being held underground by Arctic ice could affect the planet. The New York Times has more.
Cars.com says the new all-electric Ford Focus charges twice as fast as a Nissan Leaf.
To the States
E&E News looks at how warming temperatures are affecting Minnesota’s North Woods.
WNEM asks if Michigan could be the next state to pass right-to-work.
Washington Post: Gregory Jaczko, chief of Nuclear Regulatory Commission, resigns
New York Times: The Yin and Yang of Conserving Land
The Daily Climate: Digging into climate change, students find more than science
Environmental Protection: NASCAR and EPA Partner on Green Initiatives
New York Times: Late for School After a Long Journey for a Drop to Drink
Courier-Journal (KY): All yards tested near Black Leaf site contaminated
MPR News (MN): Bill Ritter on states leading the way to clean energy
Pacific Coast Business Times (CA): Williams: Green jobs key to Central Coast economy
Wall Street Journal (NY): New York's Last Cross-Harbor Railway Chugs On as Alternative to Trucks